Patent Duration

Forthcoming in Peter S. Menell & David L. Schwartz (eds.), Research Handbook on the Economics of Intellectual Property Law (Vol. II -- Analytical Methods) (Edward Elgar Publishing, 2016)

25 Pages Posted: 18 Aug 2015 Last revised: 16 Dec 2015

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Brian J. Love

Santa Clara University School of Law

Date Written: July 25, 2015

Abstract

The duration of a given patent’s life is a factor of two variables: first, the maximum term of protection afforded by law, and second, its owner’s willingness and ability to comply with periodic renewal obligations. This chapter reviews the theoretical and empirical literature related to both.

Keywords: patent term, patent renewal, maintenance fees

JEL Classification: O34

Suggested Citation

Love, Brian J., Patent Duration (July 25, 2015). Forthcoming in Peter S. Menell & David L. Schwartz (eds.), Research Handbook on the Economics of Intellectual Property Law (Vol. II -- Analytical Methods) (Edward Elgar Publishing, 2016). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2642927

Brian J. Love (Contact Author)

Santa Clara University School of Law ( email )

500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95053
United States

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